About Hudson's

The World Famous Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks

All tables feature extraordinary views of Port Royal Sound for a truly unique Lowcountry dining experience. Hudson's employs the largest and one of only two remaining fishing fleets on the island which brings fresh local seafood straight from our docks to your table. Share the excitement as our crews unload thousands of oysters, shrimp and soft shell crabs from the day's catch. Bring your family and friends for a special Lowcountry treat that has been a tradition for island-goers for many years.

Hudson's is dedicated to giving customers fresh, local fish. We work with fisherman in Charleston, Georgia and northern Florida to get fresh catches such as swordfish, mahi mahi, grouper, tile fish, trigger fish, vermilion snapper, and black sea bass. All of our fish is processed in-house and added to the daily lunch and dinner specials.

In the Spring we have a soft shell crab shedding operation at the restaurant. Shedding boxes are constructed in the packinghouse with a water circulating system to facilitate and manage the molting process. Once the crabs back out of their shells, they are immediately removed and served at the restaurant. Last year we shed out over 2,300 crabs.

Island Tradition Since 1967

Hudson’s has been a family affair since the venerable J.B. Hudson, Sr. put his name on the door of the old Hudson’s Oyster Factory back in the 1920’s when it was a seafood processing plant. For more than 50 years, Hudson’s has been a tradition for islanders and visitors as Hilton Head’s most renowned seafood eatery. Almost all our seafood comes from these waters. We are committed to buying local seafood from local fisherman, and serving it to our customers at its freshest. Our guests enjoy 3,000 gallons of oysters and 70,000 pounds of shrimp annually, as well as 250,000 raw oysters. Our family of servers, chefs, hostesses, managers and everyone at Hudson’s wants to welcome your family to have a great local experience and a great meal!

Upcoming Events

Sunday Brunch | 10 am – 4 pm
Hudson's invites you to the Island's Best Sunday Brunch. From 10 am–4 pm, please come an experience our special brunch menu.

Happy Hour | 3 pm – 6 pm
Please join us for food and drink specials at our happy hour everyday from 3 pm - 6pm.

Private Dining

Hudson's is pleased to offer private dining for your convenience. We are able to accommodate small intimate dinners or larger events. Once we know more about your needs, we can guide and help you plan your perfect event.

For additional information, please contact us at 843.681.2772 or megan@hudsonsonthedocks.com.

Shell Ring Oyster Company

Sustainable Perfection

Andrew Carmines, General Manager at Hudson’s, started Shell Ring Oyster Company in 2013. Shell Ring Oyster Company is an oyster farm that provides the finest, local single select oysters and another way for Hudson’s to give customers the absolute freshest product available.

Equally important to Carmines is environmental impact. He believes if you are making a living from what the ocean provides, you should be responsible about the resources you are depleting. “Shell Ring will allow us to avoid purchasing large amounts of the natural resource and will clean the water in the process,” Carmines said.

Click here to learn more about Shell Ring Oyster Company. http://www.shellringoystercompany.com


Gift Cards

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Hudson’s Cookbook

Lowcountry And Seafood Specialties

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Hudson’s Seasoning

The Seasoning We Use In Our Kitchen

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More Products

Other products available at Hudson’s include: short sleeve t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts, youth short sleeve t-shirts, infant/toddler t-shirts, koozies, mugs, stadium cups, bumper stickers, hats, visors. Please call 843 681 2772 x100 with any questions. Products are only available to ship to the Continental US.


January, 2017


 Vacation Idea Magazine, "21 Best Things to Do on Hilton Head Island"

November, 2016

img_6669 IslandPacket.com, "Hudson’s owner watched  restaurant flood from afar during Hurricane  Matthew"

October, 2016

hudsonreopen WJCL.com, "Severely damaged Hudson's  Seafood House reopens just weeks after  Hurricane Matthew"

June, 2016

SmartTravel.com, "Seafood Shacks Worth the Drive" (No. 3)

May, 2016

may2016WHIRL Magazine, "WHIRL Travelers: Our Top Travel Spots for Summer Getaways"

March, 2016

photos-medleyphoto-9028106  AJC.com,  "3 Unusual Things To Do in Hilton        Head" 

March, 2016

march2016Coastal Living, "Eat Seafood for a Good Cause This Weekend!"

February, 2016

feb2016Island Packet, "Hudson’s restaurant on Hilton Head Island receives interior renovations"

January, 2016

contactimageTravel Channel, "Your Guide to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina"

October, 2015

CH2, "Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks: Mariculture meets culinary destiny"

Fall, 2015

Taste of Hilton Head, "Restaurateur, Environmentalist or Just an Oyster Lover?"

September 21, 2015

04-pressVacation Idea Magazine, "21 Best Things to Do on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina"

June 2, 2015

contactimageThe Daily Meal, “America’s 40 Best Seafood Shacks”

May, 2015

usatodayCleveland.com, "A first-timer's guide to Hilton Head (and why is the island overrun by Ohioans?)"

April 27, 2015

01-pressThe Local Palate, “Hilton Head Crab Crew and Softies”

April 27, 2015

005The Scout Guide Savannah, “Scouted: Soft Shell Crabs"

March 7, 2015

03-pressThe State, “Thousands pack Shelter Cove park for last day of Hilton Head Island Seafood Fest”

January 27, 2015

04-pressHilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce Eco & Wellness Vibe, "Eating Clean at Hilton Head Hot Spots"

October 31, 2014

05-pressThe Island Packet, "Hilton Head restaurant manager shucks convention, grows own oysters"

October 28, 2014

shelllogoHilton Head Monthly, "Hudson's GM opens oyster farm"

June 13, 2014

wallstreetThe Wall Street Journal, "An Island-Hopping Southern Seafood Crawl"

January 23, 2014

usatodayUSA Today, "Savory seafood with a view at Hudson's in Hilton Head"



Open daily | 843-681-2772

Lunch: 11 am – 4 pm
Dinner: 5 pm – until
Brunch: Sundays 10 am – 4 pm
Happy Hour3 pm – 6 pm

We seat on a first come first serve basis. No reservations or call aheads accepted. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Super Bowl Sunday.